Making dinner every night can be hard especially if you don't know what to make or have all the ingredients in the house. I'm a Mom of 4 kids and each week I share Weekly Dinner Ideas & a Printable Grocery Shopping list. No need to think about what to make for dinner, I'll do the planning for you!
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For years I passed by the bin of pie pumpkins at the grocery store without realizing just how easy it is to make a pie from a real pumpkin. I use a simple method of cutting a pumpkin in half and roasting it in the oven. This is something you can even do ahead of time. If you're in a rush however, I've included two recipes. One that calls for fresh pumpkin puree (with instructions on how to cook the pumpkin!) and a traditional pie using canned pumpkin. Don't forget the whipped cream!
Just in time for Thanksgiving! You can make these mashed potatoes several days in advance, keep them in the fridge, and warm them up just before serving. This recipe was even tested and approved by the Costco kitchens and included in one of their previous magazine editions!
Are you trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight? I give you an answer for that question every week! I just updated the dinner ideas for this coming week and these menus feature a lot of my family's favorite meals including Baked Subs, Layered Lasagna Casserole, Slow Cooker Ribs, Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Legs and a Cobb Chopped Salad - Yum!! As always I have a printable grocery list so you'll know what to buy at the store, and yes there is no charge for my dinner plans or grocery list. If you have friends who want to make homemade dinners for their families I'd appreciate it if you passed this on to them! Have a great week!
These Loaded Potato Bites can be served at a brunch or as a party appetizer. I recently needed to bring a dish to a breakfast meeting and these were a bit hit. Although I'm partial to the bacon, green onion, tomato, and cheddar filling included in this recipe you can fill them with your choice of filling. You can even make these ahead of time! by prepping some, part, or all of this recipe in advance.
Making spaghetti and meatballs on Halloween was a tradition that my mother-in-law started and one that my kids love that we continue. I love that I can make it in advance and dinner is ready whenever they get home from trick or treating, that it's easy to keep warm (I even have a "trick" for how to make the pasta in advance!), and that they love it so much they eat it instead or at least along side of all the candy. Even better, making a big batch comes in handy if extra kids end up staying at our house for dinner. From my house to yours, Happy Halloween!
Unless my memory is failing me, it seems that going to a High School Homecoming Dance was a lot easier when I was in High School then it is now. Since I have four teens and have been this a few time, this is my take on how to manage the day. I'm certainly not saying I have all the answers and I'm sure different schools and different areas have different traditions. I'd love for viewers to share their suggestions as well as to how to make this a great, and safe, night for kids.
If you have 30 minutes and have a few simple ingredients in the house you can make and bake this really easy key lime pie. I've simplified the recipe by using purchased graham cracker crumbs and bottled key lime juice, however instructions are included if you want to make it the old-fashioned way. Either way you choose, you will have a delish dessert that is quick to make!
I recently had the chance to take a tour with Patty Penzey Erd, co-owner of The Spice House in Chicago. What a great store and resource for fresh and reasonable spices. I'm happy to offer my readers a chance to win a 10 bottle deluxe grill and barbeque spice gift box. Even if you don't live near Chicago, I've taken enough pictures to give you a feel of this gem of a store!
My kids will be going back to school soon. While they are thinking about new clothes to buy I'm thinking about prepping my pantry so I'm ready with some easy meal ideas for those busy back to school nights! One of my pantry staples has always been canned evaporated milk. It's great to have in the house and can be used to make so many dishes. I've outlined three simple sauces that you can make using canned evaporated milk; a cheesy sauce which is great for veggies, a garlic pizza dipping sauce, and even a chocolate sauce which is great for over ice cream. So, when you're thinking of back to school shopping, don't forget to get the pantry ready too! #BTSIdeas #cbias
When I travel I love to find restaurants that the locals like to go to. I'm excited to team up with over 50 "locals" (bloggers that is) from around the country who have shared their favorite hometown places to eat out. I have links to all of their posts listed that are organized by region. So if you are taking a family vacation this summer, are doing college visits, or are traveling for business you might find a terrific place to eat while on your travels! Feel free to leave a comment on this page to share any favorite restaurants that you would recommend!
I'm going to make your mouth water with this Peach Crisp Recipe. Sweet peaches from the Farmer's Market, covered with a crunchy topping, topped with vanilla ice cream! Not only is it yummy, but I've even included a video to show you an easy way to peel the peaches! This is a family favorite dessert in my house and I hope you enjoy it as well in yours!
For some reason I seem to have even less time in the Summer to make dinner. Here is a quick chicken dinner recipe for Crispy Chicken Lettuce Wraps. It even includes recipes for two super quick dipping sauces for chicken and a video to help make the assembly easier. This recipe is so easy not only will your kids eat it, they might even be able to make it! #ChickenFryTime #cbias
Even though I love to cook, my arm doesn't need to be twisted too much to go out to eat and take a vacation from washing dishes. Here is a collection of some of my favorite restaurants to go to in the NW Suburbs of Chicago. Many are kid-friendly but some are for date nights and special occassions. If you've never had a Chicago style hot dog or slice of Deep Dish Chicago Style pizza take a look at some of these great dishes! This post is part 1 of a 2 part series. In a few weeks I'll be combining forces with 75 other bloggers around the country to share favorite restaurants around the US! #cbias
This recipe for Baked Beans comes from my Mom and was a staple at backyard barbeque parties when I was growing up. There is something about the combination of vinegar and brown sugar that just brings out the taste of the beans. Add some cooked bacon and onions, and you've got an All American dish!
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